Sativa vs. Indica: An Overview of Cannabis Types

[Leafly | Bailey Rahn] When browsing cannabis strains or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are commonly broken up into two distinct groups: indica and sativa. Most consumers have used these two cannabis types as a touchstone for predicting effects: Indica strains are believed to be physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as […]

How to Assess THC and CBD Levels

[Leafly | Nick Jikomes] How much THC does your favorite cannabis product contain? The answer may not be as straightforward as reading the “total THC” number that is (hopefully) printed on the label. There is no official industry standard for calculating the total THC of a cannabis product, and different producers and testing facilities calculate it in different ways. […]

What Is CBN and What Are the Benefits of This Cannabinoid?

[Leafly | Bailey Rahn] Do you remember the first time you heard about cannabidiol, or CBD? Remember how the national opinion of cannabis changed drastically once we gained knowledge of its non-intoxicating compounds? And who could forget how this discovery impacted the lives of children suffering from seizures and patients with chronic pain, anxiety, and inflammation? What you may […]

CBD (Cannabidiol): What Does It Do & How Does It Affect the Brain?

What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by cannabis, second only to THC in abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant in Greek), are characterized by their ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system. While THC is the principal psychoactive component of cannabis and has […]

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and What Is Its Role?

[Leafly | Nick Jikomes] Some of us consume cannabis for its mind-altering effects, while others seek symptom relief. But cannabis wouldn’t get us high or have some of its therapeutic benefits if our bodies didn’t already contain a biological system capable of interacting with its active chemical compounds, like THC. Our endocannabinoid system does just that. […]

List of Major Cannabinoids in Cannabis and Their Effects

Leafly | Author: Nick Jikomes, PhD Cannabis produces a variety compounds known as cannabinoids, many of which have not been detected in any other plant. How many, exactly? It’s hard to say. You’ll often see people report that there are dozens, or even 100+ plant cannabinoids produced by cannabis. But it’s difficult to know the precise number. […]

Spontaneous and Catalytic Conversion of CBD to THC

[Extracted off Colorado Green Labs] Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are nearly identical, but whereas THC is psychoactive, CBD is not. The two compounds differ only slightly in chemical structure – CBD is bicyclic (“two-ring”) and THC is tricyclic (“three-ring”). The carbon and oxygen molecules in the partial central ring of CBD will rearrange under […]